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PLUTARCH'S moral works translated from Greek... - Lot 23 - Boisgirard - Antonini - Nice
PLUTARCH'S moral works translated from Greek into French, revised & corrected in several passages by the translator. With general preface, summaries at the beginning of each book, annotations in the margin, again revised and increased by half, with an index of memorable things mentioned and said works. Tome second. Paris. Pierre Chevalier, 1612, Small in 8°. Full contemporary binding in ivory coloured vellum. Smooth spine. Title written in ink on the spine. 7 pp. n. ch. 993 pages and 11 pp. for the index. The original edition of Amyot's translation dates from 1572 by Michel de Vascosan in Paris. Jacques Amyot (1513-1594), was the tutor of the sons of Henri II (future Charles IX and Henri III), he will also be professor at the university of Bourges and will become great chaplain of France and bishop of Auxerre of which he will make an important center of the humanism. It was on the recommendation of François I that he translated Plutarch's Lives of Famous Men. This, and subsequently the moral works, had and will have a considerable impact, not only on the rediscovery of antiquity (which thus had a greater impact than for a few scholars) and of Plutarch, but on the French language itself. Volume 2 only.
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